Brianna is a graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies Department in the School of Human Ecology. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology in 2017 from Illinois Wesleyan University. While earning her undergraduate degree, Brianna interned, volunteered, and later worked for Marcfirst, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). She worked in the areas of customized employment and transition, providing systematic instruction to individuals placed in employment positions, and co-leading a summer school-to-work program for teenagers with IDD. Brianna’s research interests include investigating methods for improving quality of life for individuals with IDD. She is currently looking at how lifestyle factors may influence the development of cognitive impairment or dementia in individuals with Down syndrome. Her past research has explored the influence of social role opportunities for people with IDD.